Rocket Softball Announces 2013 Signees
Toledo, OH - The Toledo softball program has signed four high school seniors to scholarship agreements, Head Coach Tarrah Beyster announced today. Emily Anderson, Kylee Crape, Ashley London and Chandler Rice will begin attending Toledo at the start of the 2013-14 academic year.
"This entire class is extremely decorated both on and off the field," Beyster said. "I am so excited to add them to our Rocket family. With the addition of this talented class, we continue to raise the standard and expectations of the program. I look forward to watching them blend with the veterans."
The Rockets improved by 10 wins from 2011 to 2012, and hope to continue that trend heading into this season. Toledo will travel to Boca Raton, FL for a weekend slate at the "Kick-Off" Classic, hosted by Florida Atlantic on Feb. 15-17.
Read below for a closer look at next year's incoming class.
2013-14 Class Breakdown
Name: Ashley London
Hometown: Lockport, IL
High School: Lockport
High School Coach: Marissa Chovanec
Ashley London attends Lockport Township High School in Lockport, IL where she will earn her fourth varsity letter this spring. London has been a staple in the Lockport lineup during her entire career, posting a batting average over .300 in each of her three seasons. As a junior, she hit .345 and knocked in 16 runs, while crossing the plate 14 times. She was named honorable mention all-conference and was voted as one of the top-100 players in Chicago. London hit .355 during her sophomore campaign with a career-high 26 RBI. She also swiped 12 bases and scored 17 runs.
"Ashley is a fireball with an outstanding work ethic," Beyster said. "She brings versatility to our defense and adds a triple threat to our offense."
The daughter of Mark and Mindi London, Ashley plans to study psychology at UT. She is also a one-year letterwinner in volleyball at Lockport.
Hometown: Goshen, OH
High School: Clermont Northeastern
High School Coach: Bill Goldfuss
Emily Anderson is one of the top recruits to come out of the Southwest Ohio region. The soon-to-be, four-year letterwinner has been named first team all-state twice, and is a three-time conference player of the year. She has also been voted the Cincinnati Enquirer First Team and the team's MVP in each of her three seasons. Anderson has a career record of 68-12 and a school-record 1,006 strikeouts, along with a remarkable sub-1.00 earned-run average of 0.46. Last spring, she went 26-2 with 320 punch-outs and a 0.43 earned-run average. During her freshmen season, she finished second in the state and set the single-season school record for strikeouts in a season with 432.
"Emily brings a whole new element to the pitching staff with her arsenal of pitches and her overall presence on the mound," Beyster said. "She is a calm, cool and collected type that seems to embrace every challenge; especially under extreme pressure."
The daughter of Doug and Sheri Anderson, Emily plans to study nursing at UT. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Leo Club and tutors second graders.
Hometown: Louisville, OH
High School: Louisville
High School Coach: Chet Givens
Chandler Rice will earn her third-varsity letter this spring under Chet Givens at Louisville High School. Rice is coming off a stellar junior season where she was named conference player of the year, received second team all-district honors and was named a Stark County all-star. The utility player registered a team-high .792 slugging percentage, .529 on-base percentage, .490 batting average, 25 stolen bases and 45 runs knocked in. She also clubbed five homeruns and scored 35 times. During her sophomore and freshmen seasons combined, Rice had a total of 76 hits with 12 long-balls, and 72 plated-runs. She also hit for an average of .412 during that span.
"Chandler is a unique athlete in the sense that she can play multiple positions, and not just play them, but play them very well," Beyster said. "She has tremendous strength and deceiving quickness that will disrupt our opponent's game plan against her."
The daughter of Brian and Noelle Rice, Chandler is a three-time scholar athlete and is undecided on her future major. She also earned a varsity letter in basketball at Louisville High School.
Hometown: Rainier, OR
High School: Rainier
High School Coach: Pat White
Kylee Crape is a versatile athlete who will add depth to the Toledo pitching staff. Crape has accumulated eight varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball heading into her senior campaign. Following her junior season, Crape was honored as the conference player of the year and was named to the all-state first team as the pitcher of the year. She is a three-time, all-league performer and made the all-state second team as a sophomore and freshman. Last spring, Crape recorded 15 wins while posting a 0.53 earned-run average. She ended the season with a remarkable 13:1 strikeout/walk ratio (227 K's/18 BB). Crape also produced at the dish, knocking in 17 runs with a .364 batting average and .561 on-base percentage.
"Kylee is going to bring a lot of energy to the circle, as well as to the team," Beyster said. "She is a dynamic pitcher who has unlimited potential for success."The daughter of Eli and Brandi Crape, Kylee plans to study sociology at UT. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Leadership Club, Project Unify and Partners Club.